Cheltenham Bach Choir

La France Sublime – Concert of French sacred music in Cirencester Parish Church 28th March

Join Cheltenham Bach Choir for an evening of French sacred music

Cheltenham Bach Choir

It’s five years since Cheltenham Bach Choir presented La France Profonde – a programme of secular French choral music – to much acclaim. To complement that success the choir is presenting an uplifting programme of French sacred music – La France Sublime – in Cirencester on March 28th.

The concert will take place in the inspiring setting of the church of St John Baptist. Conducted by Tim Morris, the choir will be accompanied by Cirencester’s star organist, Anthony Hammond. The concert begins with the Messe Solennelle by Louis Vierne – a grander opening Kyrie can hardly be imagined. Four unaccompanied Motets by Maurice Duruflé follow, based on Gregorian chants and most unusually interspersed by improvisations on the organ from Anthony Hammond.

The second half begins with three pieces by Gabriel Fauré highlighting the choir’s Janet Upton, who will play the flute, accompanying the choir in the Cantique de Jean Racine and then in Fauré’s ever popular Pavane. The concert finishes with the Gloria by Francis Poulenc, a contrasting piece of colourful harmony, brash dissonance and exquisite quiet sections. In this performance, the soprano soloist will be the choir’s very youngest new talent, Nia Chittenden.


  • Soprano – Nia Chittenden
  • Flute – Janet Upton
  • Organ – Anthony Hammond
  • Conductor – Tim Morris

Where ?

Cirencester Parish Church, Market Place, Cirencester GL7 2NX

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When ?

Saturday 28th March 2015 at 7:30 pm


£15 (£8 for students) available from Cirencester Visitor Information, Corinium Museum, Park Street, Cirencester GL7 2BX – 01285 654180 – and on the door or through choir members.

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